CUBA From Columbus to Castro

  • November 2nd through 13th, 2012
  • Capacity: 29


The Trip

In partnership with the Center for the Study of Cuban Culture & Economy (CSCCE), we are pleased to offer you the finest available trip to Cuba, combining an in-depth itinerary and Cuba’s best accommodations with the leadership of both Carleton Professor Alfred Montero and Professor Joseph Scarpaci, founder and Executive Director of The CSCCE.

Price per person, double occupancy: $6,995. Single supplement of $1,095.

Our Cuban guide made the trip for me, although Joe and Hamish were great, too, as indicated above. He was engaging, bright, unfailingly courteous, and a passionate spokesman for his country, while being straight forward in his replies to our questions. If he is indicative of the future generation, Cuba will be in great shape!” Lesley - New York, NY


(For full itinerary please download the PDF Brochure to the right) 

Day 1: Friday, November 2, 2012 MIAMI, U.S. | SANTIAGO, Cuba
Day 2: Saturday, November 3 - Santiago
Day 3: Sunday, November 4 - Santiago | Baracoa

Day 4: Monday, November 5 - Baracoa
Day 5: Tuesday, November 6 - Baracoa | Trinidad area
Day 6: Wednesday, November 7 - Trinidad area
Day 7: Thursday, November 8 - Trinidad area | Havana
Day 8: Friday, November 9 - Havana
Day 9: Saturday, November 10 - Havana
Day 10: Sunday, November 11 - Havana
Day 11: Monday, November 12 - Havana
Day 12: Tuesday, November 13 - Havana | Miami, U.S.

Additional Information

For additional information, please contact us at or call us at 800-811-7244 or download the PDF brochure.

Lecturer/Host - Alfred P. Montero

Alfred P. Montero is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Latin American Studies programs at Carleton College. He is also the associate editor of Latin American Politics and Society, a leading journal in its field. At Carleton, he teaches courses on Latin American politics and political economy; European and international political economy; and comparative democratization, authoritarianism, and corruption. During our Cuba program he plans to discuss such topics as the history of the Cuban Revolution, the economy and how it has changed, and U.S.-Cuba relations. Professor Montero’s current research includes the study of the quality of subnational democracy in Brazil, the determinants of foreign investment flows in Latin America, and the political economy of the Spanish regional autonomy system in comparative perspective. His research has been published in a number of journals, and he is the author of Shifting States in Global Markets: Subnational Industrial Policy in Contemporary Brazil and Spain (Penn State Univ. Press, 2002), Brazilian Politics: Reforming a Democratic State in a Changing World (Polity Press, 2006), and co-editor with David J. Samuels of Decentralization and Democracy in Latin America (Univ. of Notre Dame Press, 2004). Presently, Professor Montero is working on a book that explains the recent emergence of Brazil as one of the more significant large, developing economies in the world.

Lecturer/Host - Joseph L. Scarpaci

Joseph L. Scarpaci (Ph.D., Florida) is a broadly trained human geographer with a regional focus in Cuba and the Southern Cone. He is the founder and Executive Director of The Center for the Study of Cuban Culture & Economy, Associate Professor of Marketing and Interim Chair of the Department of Marketing and Management at West Liberty University (WV), and Emeritus Professor of Geography and former Professor of Urban Affairs & Planning at Virginia Tech. Since 1992, Dr. Scarpaci has coordinated the longest-running U.S. study abroad program in Cuba, bringing more than 500 students, faculty, and interested travelers to the island. His earlier work specialized in Latin American studies, urban affairs and planning (particularly urban geography, Latin American historic districts, and urban social movements), and urban social theory. Since 1974, Dr. Scarpaci has invested 89 months of field research in Latin America and has presented more than 100 invited lecturers at universities, government agencies, and international organizations. He has published several books, including Havana: Two Faces of the Antillean Metropolis (UNC Press, 2002), co-authored by Cuban architects M. Coyula and R. Segre; Plazas and Barrios: Heritage Tourism and Globalization in the Latin American Centro Histórico (U. of Arizona Press, 2005); Cuban Landscapes: Heritage, Memory and Place (Guilford Press, 2009), co-authored by A. Portella; and Marketing without Advertising: Brand Preference and Consumer Choice in Cuba (Routledge Press, 2011) co-authored by E. Morales. This trip to Cuba will mark Dr. Scarpaci’s 57th visit to the island since 1990.